Winter Blooms

On a recent walk, friends and I saw several winter-blooming shrubs which we thought we knew, but which, it turns out we only sort of knew. A few days later, the most unknown of these plants appeared the Saturday in Homes and Gardens as the Chinese Paper Bush. If you don’t still have the Saturday homes and Gardens section, here is its address in the internet at Oregon Live. Chinese Garden in Winter

Chinese Paper Bush

Chinese Paper Bush

Chinese Paper Bush

Chinese Paper Bush

 

 

 
Photos from The Oregonian

 

According to the internet, Chinese Paper Bush is also called Yellow Daphne and also Edgeworthia. Here it is in the Portland Nursery website: Portland Nursery: Chinese Paper Bush

 

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

After discovering the Chinese Paper Bush, I explored neighbor gardens and found very different winter flowers. Witch Hazel (which comes in several flower colors), and  Winter Hazel (lovely tubular flowers in a soft yellow-green) are some others you may want in your garden. Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis) can be found at Portland Nursery. I have also seen yellow and orange versions of this plant in neighbor yards. Portland Nursery: Witch Hazel

 

 

 

And here is Winter Hazel which has wonderful contrast between the flower color and the chocolate stamens. Winter Hazel can also be found at Portland Nursery. Portland Nursery:Winter Hazel

Winter Hazel

Winter Hazel

 

 

So now we can keep these winter bloomers straight – maybe. And if we find a space for one or more of them, they will give us joy in late winter, even before the crocus are up.